The Blue Bell Inn
53 Church Street
Open all day
The Blue Bell Inn
The serve a range of Shardlow beers at all times - usually 4.
The pub has a series of steps wherever you try to access it. Out front they have a raised patio that leads to an entrance. This is nice in summer as it allows you to soak up the rays - there is also a BBQ pit here.
Inside the public bar gets rather cramped with sport supporters at weekends as they have a plasma screen showing the local Derby matches. A pool table towards the rear of the pub also adds to the general difficulty of getting to the gents toiltes as you have to squeeze past it to take a leak.
The other lounge bar is small with a few tables and chairs and the short leg of the reverse 'L' shape bar. There is only one handpump here, all the others are in the public bar. Beer is good quality Shardlow ales only and they serve it with or without the sparkler on.
A further room towards the back of the pub from the lounge bar is the restaurant. Here on a wooden floor are five square tables with chairs - one is in an alcove. Food is served here lunchtimes (Mon-Sat 12-2pm, Sun 12-3) and evenings (Mon-Sat 6-9pm). Choices are traditional though, fish, steak, beef, etc. There is only one choice for vegetarians (unless you count pizza - Mon-Sat evenings only) and you have to have that on a Sunday too. The Sunday menu is much shorter, but they do do two courses for £8.95, with traditional roasts for meat eaters. Veggies, pasta again I'm afraid. Also check out the board for specials. Meals are good value for money.
Well worth a stop, though can get busy in the summer.
You can also order polypins of beer from the pub.
None as yet
Up to 4 Shardlow Ales.
Ivy House Farm, Stanton by Bridge,
Derby, DE73 1HT
From: D:£35-52pp, S:£33